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Safety Unlimited gets Imperial accolade

27 August 2019

Products from Safety Unlimited's wide portfolio have been selected for the storage of chemicals and solvents at the new Chemistry building within the White City Campus of Imperial College London.

The new site, which allows room for development and community links, is one of the premier chemistry departments on the planet, a hothouse of innovation and an international beacon for research and teaching. The location brings together outstanding researchers, businesses and partners from academia to work, share ideas and turn cutting edge research into benefits for society.

This famous science and technology institution decided to concentrate the niche facility of some 800 staff and research students, including engineers, medics and scientists away from the traditional base in South Kensington in a specially designed set of flagship buildings designed for their role and with all modern systems, particularly encompassing health and safety and internal optimum personnel flow.

The core hub is the research and test manufacturing of new chemicals across natural and synthetic formats, both organic and inorganic, and evaluating reactions and results for all manner of end usage.

Naturally, an important aspect of this venture is the proper, careful storage of the chemicals and solvents, plus waste disposal. After careful evaluation of all options available, the College selected the durable Relocatable Safety Store concept from Safety Unlimited.

Four of the walk-in units were chosen: the E-SS12 and E-SS16 – two of each size, respectively measuring 2.735m (h) x 2.565m (w) with depths of 3.657 and 4.876m. All feature sturdy shelving to allow for variation of contents. The exterior wall panels and roof are made from plastic-coated sheet steel giving performance, colour stability and resistance to degradation. Walls, doors and roofs are insulated with 75mm Rockwall Firebatt.

The base of each unit is fully welded and acts as a leakproof sump covering the entire floor area. The  specification offers high and low flame arrested ventilation with galvanised grid flooring as well as a secure Yale lock with internal override. All backed by a one hour fire rating in compliance with BS476;Part 22, 1987 clause 5.

This proved to be just what technical operations manager, Tim Jefferson, was looking for. He says: “It was an important logistical project within the modern newly built environment and Safety Unlimited did a very good job with no issues or problems. I was able to leave them to it and it only took a day for the installation in a narrow restricted space which has to be both secluded and accessible at the same time to the student hub. A simple case of plug and play as it were. Our own facility management have fully assessed and confirmed the units as totally fit-for-purpose”.